- CEO of Ray Alan and Associates, Inc., business coaching and consulting firm assisting small business owners
- Founder, itKansas, technology consulting firm of 10 years, sold to a larger entity 12 months ago
- Served as a radio operator flying on C-130’s in the US Air Force, including combat service during 9/11
- Active community leader and volunteer, including work with the Guadalupe Clinic, Kansas Human Society, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
At age 27, I became a single father to a seven-year-old boy who I met through Big Brothers Big Sisters. At that moment, I knew sitting on the sidelines was no longer an option. I was born and raised Valley Center and was raised by a single mother, never knowing my biological father until I was 18. Those two life events continue to impact who I am today. After graduating high school in 1996, I became involved with my local church mentoring disciple students. And four-years later, I joined the United States Air Force and serving around the world, including combat situations in the Middle East until 2003. Coming home to Kansas, I again became involved in my church and began raising my son, who began attending Hutchinson Community College this year. Watching my son enter the world, living with the values and morals I was able to not only teach him, but demonstrate in my daily life, reminds me of future generations who are affected by our everyday decisions.
What is your plan to deal with the Kansas Budget?
Balancing the budget has to be the first priority for our state. Careful review of our existing spending, to identify savings as well as working with agencies to find new modernizations and efficiencies to reduce costs while evaluating options for new revenue, without increasing the burden on hardworking Kansans.
What kind of changes do you support in rewriting the school funding formula? Do you support additional funding for Kansas schools?
Our children have to be the #1 priority for our state and communities. Improving the quality of education our children receive starts by insuring school funding makes it to the classroom – to the teachers and students. Every Kansas child deserves – and is entitled – to a quality education, regardless of where they live in our state. I will work with local school districts, as well as local municipalities, to identify real solutions to improving the education of our children – insuring funding makes it to the classroom.
What is your number one priority for the upcoming legislative session and how do you plan to address it?
New job creation in Kansas. Kansans are looking for careers – not minimum wage jobs. To create careers, we have to work with stakeholders to attract new businesses to Kansas. Our state is primed to welcome emerging markets and technologies to our state – emerging markets as well as high technology fields that bring career opportunities that give our children and families the opportunities to build a future in Kansas for themselves and future generations.
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